"David Wheater is one that we have no intention of letting go," said Southgate. "He is a big part of the future of this club.
"I'm sure Alex (McLeish) will regret how his interest has come out at a fans' forum. That doesn't help the situation, I haven't had any sort of apology on the phone. You tend to be a bit loose if you are talking to your fans, but that's for Alex.
"There are players I would like to keep here, whatever division we are in.
"They are the ones I'll fight to persuade that I think it's right for them to stay."